Elmer Earnest King, 84, of rural Dundas, passed away at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Newton Rest Haven.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Blake-Buchanan Funeral Home, Newton, with Mark Wilkinson officiating. Burial will be in Honey Cemetery in Bogota, with full military rites by the Jasper Post 20 American Legion. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Oct. 22, at the funeral home. In loving memory of Elmer, memorials may be made to Newton Football program.
Elmer was born July 18, 1929, in Beadle County, S.D., to Delmer and Nola (Worthey) King. Elmer was an Army veteran. He and a group of guys started a stock car track in the 1950’s which is now known as the Charleston Motor Speedway. He operated the Phillips 66 service station in Mattoon for several years. After moving to Newton in 1971, he operated the Southend Shell station for several years. He then drove a school bus until his retirement in 1991. Elmer enjoyed hunting, fishing, Newton Eagle football and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a devoted Indianapolis Colts fan.
Elmer married Phyllis Shamhart Feb. 28, 1949. He then married Martha Joanne (Susie) Tomlin on June 9, 1957. He was father to Cheryl Mix of Effingham, Betsy (Ken Maglone) Miller of Oblong, Marilyn (Homer Newkirk) Hoke of Hutsonville, John (Becky) King of Newton, Mike (Brenda) King of Martinsville and Matt (Sheila) King of Greenup.
Elmer is survived by sisters, Eva (Bill) Kirk of Republic, Mo., and Lillie (Cecil) West of Yale; brothers, Dale (Carla) King of Arcola, and Wayne King of Gays; he was a loving grandfather to 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Delmer and Nola King; brothers, Delbert, Jesse, Jack, and Jim; one infant sister; one granddaughter, Crystal Mix; and two sons-in-law, Bob Mix and Emery Hoke.
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